05 November 2008

So What Now?

As I’ve stated before I shy away from political issues on this blog and will continue to do so. However, on this historic occasion I find it necessary to share a few thoughts. No, I did not vote for Obama and yes I am disappointed at the outcome. That being said, it has nothing to do with race. I would have gladly voted for conservative Ken Blackwell had he run. For that matter, I would rather live under a Christian dictatorship rather a free democracy that elects the likes of Obama. But what is the crucial issue here? The issue is that Obama is now our God ordained president and we should honor him as such. I truly believe as Christians and conservatives we are in for a very rough road ahead. We may be looking at some of the most truly trying times that many of us have ever seen but we must bow our knee to the true King, Jesus Christ. I am reminded here of question seven of the Westminster Shorted Catechism:

Q: What are the decrees of God?
A: The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.

Some verses to ponder on this are:

Ephesians 1:11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Acts 4:27-28. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Psalm 33:11. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Romans 9:22-23. What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.
Romans 11:33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

So, what do we do now?

We are to honor our president (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).
We are to pray for our president (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to thank God for our president (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to respect our president (Rom. 13:7).

For the finest blog post on the election may I refer you to Eric Redmond’s post at BTW.